Friday, March 13, 2009

See No Irony


On NPR's "Monkey See" blog the Stewart-Cramer spanking was posted. If you look at the comments section and click on "Most Recommended" in the little "Recent First" drop-down box, you'll see a post put there by NPR's Ombudsman, Alicia Shepard (Lisa). With not a whit of irony (or embarrassment) she wrote:

Jon Stewart is one of the best journalists in America. We can all take a lesson from him. He holds people in power accountable for what they say, he puts it in context and makes it riveting to watch. That's the definition of a good journalist.

Strangely, I fully agree with Shepard's operating definition of a "good journalist" - but could NPR be further from such an ideal?

I couldn't resist adding my own post. Feel free to visit and "recommend" it if you are so inclined - you don't have to register, just click.

6 comments:

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

Jon Stewart is one of the best journalists in America. We can all take a lesson from him. He holds people in power accountable for what they say, he puts it in context and makes it riveting to watch. That's the definition of a good journalist.

Don't you doubt you'd ever hear Insqueek or Robert Seagullible speak that insolently to pwoer?

Hubertg said...

Jon Stewart might be on Comedy Central and a funny guy, but for my money he knows how to demonstrate the truth better than anything else going on today. It is NOT a political agenda to use FACTS when speaking truth to power...NPR doesn't even come close to this level of journalism, and is failing in it's mission of service to the American people.

We should give Jon the Medal of Honor, a Nobel Prize, a trip to Disney Land, a certificate of appreciation, and a new car,....then elect the dude president.

Grumpy Demo said...

And yet Michelle Norris described it a "finger waging" didn't seem to understand Stewart was just using the record to prove how dishonest Krammer and CNBC are. I've never taken a joiurnalism class, but isn't that journalism 101.

I guess NPR wouldn't known journalism if Murrow ran over them with a news van.

miranda said...

Nice comment, mytwords. People are blown away by this Stewart-Cramer interview because they are so unaccustomed to seeing anything confrontational in the "news" media (and by a comedian, no less).

Our democracy has been grievously underserved by the corporate media, including and especially NPR. Is there a revolution afoot?

RepubLiecan said...

Perhaps using intentional irony is Alicia Shepard's way of stating the truth without losing the NPR ombudsman gig. Jon Stewart, a comedian, is more of a journalist than anything NPR has offered us in the past ten years.

larry, dfh said...

That folkenflick piece was pretty pathetic. If one reads a small bit on the internet, one gets a pretty good picture of what jim cramer was pulling. Stock manipulation is a crime, and cramer was doing it regularly. He even admitted to it; of course folkenflick chose to ignore that part of the interview. It's more of the same format: a couple of buffoons of equal merit going at it. The fact that one of them is engaging in criminal behavior and using the interview to lie about it never entered into npr's assessment. Just finger-wagging. Hey meechelle, here's a finger for you!